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Euphony Definition

Harmony or beauty of sound which provides a pleasing effect to the ear, usually sought-for in poetry for effect. It is achieved not only by the selection of individual word-sounds, but also by their arrangement in the repetition, proximity, and flow of sound patterns. The consonants considered most pleasing in sound are l, m, n, r, v, and w. The harsher consonants in euphonious texts become less jarring when in the proximity of softer sounds. Vowel sounds are generally more euphonious than the consonants, so a line with a higher ratio of vowel sounds will produce a more agreeable effect; also, the long vowels in words are more melodious than the short vowels.

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Other Euphony Definition

[n] any agreeable (pleasing and harmonious) sounds; "he fell asleep to the music of the wind chimes"



Misc. Definitions

\Eu"pho*ny\, n.; pl. {Euphonies}. [L. euphonia, Gr. ?, fr. ? sweet-voiced; ? well + ? sound, voice; akin to ? to speak: cf. F. euphonie.] A pleasing or sweet sound; an easy, smooth enunciation of sounds; a pronunciation of letters and syllables which is pleasing to the ear.

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